23 JANUARY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • John Hancock, 1737
  • Stendhal, 1783
  • Edouard Manet, 1832
  • Sergei Eisenstein, 1898
  • Humphrey Bogart, 1899
  • Randolph Scott, 1904
  • Dan Duryea, 1907
  • David Douglas Duncan, 1916
  • Ernie Kovacs, 1919
  • Jeanne Moreau, 1928
  • Chita Rivera, 1933
  • Rutger Hauer, 1944
  • Princess Caroline of Monaco, 1957

Died On This Day:

  • Emperor Otto III, 1002
  • John Cleland, 1789
  • William Pitt the younger, 1806
  • Thomas Love Peacock, 1866
  • Charles Kingsley, 1875
  • Gustave Doré, 1883
  • Anna Pavlova, 1931
  • Alexander Woollcott, 1943
  • Edvard Munch, 1944
  • Alexander Korda, 1956
  • Kid Ory, 1973
  • Paul Robeson, 1976
  • Toots Shor, 1977
  • Jack Oakie, 1978
  • Samuel Barber, 1981
  • James Beard, 1985
  • Salvador Dalí, 1989
  • Nell Carter, 2003
  • Helmut Newton killed, 2004
  • Captain Kangaroo (Bob Keeshan) , 2004
  • Johnny Carson, 2005
  • E. Howard Hunt, 2007
  • Jack LaLanne, 2011
  • Hugh Masekela, 2018

Today's Events:

  • 1556 - 830,000 killed in earthquake in China provinces of Shensi and Honan.
  • 1719 - Principality of Liechtenstein constituted.
  • 1790 - Fletcher Christian and mutineers from the Bounty reach Pitcairn Island where they settle.
  • 1849 - British native Elizabeth Blackwell becomes first woman doctor to receive M.D. degree in America.
  • 1893 - Eleanora Duse makes U.S. debut in 'La Dame aux Camelias.'
  • 1924 - First Labour Government formed in England with Ramsay MacDonald as Prime Minister.
  • 1933 - 20th Amendment to U.S. Constitution ratified; date of presidential inauguration fixed at Jan. 20th.
  • 1943 - Tripoli captured by British.
  • 1960 - Don Walsh and Jacques Piccard become the first (and only) people to reach the deepest point on earth - Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench of the western Pacific.
  • 1964 - 24th Amendment to U.S. Constitution eliminates poll taxes.
  • 1964 - First heart transplant-on Chimp.
  • 1997 - Madeleine Albright becomes first woman Secretary of State in the U.S.A.
  • 2013 - Second biggest blizzard in history hits Northeast US. Glengary West Virginia gets rerecord 42 inches of snow.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Ildefonsus
  • Raymond of Penafort
  • John the Almsgiver

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • YÜAN TAN. Chinese New Year's Day. Based on lunar calendar - starts sunset on day of 2nd New Moon.
  • CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL 15th day of first month of lunar calendar marks end of Chinese New Year.
  • TU BI-SHEBAT (Judaism) New Year for Trees, celebrated on 15th of lunar month Shebat.
  • MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY 3rd Monday in January
  • ADULTS DAY in Japan - second Monday in January - 'Seijin no hi'
  • SNOW FESTIVAL - Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
  • GANESHA CHATURTHI, Hindu Festival of the Elephant God
  • VASANT PANCHAMI, Hindu Festival of Spring and of Saraswati, Goddess of Learning (end of January)
  • PONGAL AND MAKARA SANKRANTI, mid-January, Harvest festival celebrated in Southern India and Singapore
  • LAILAT AL MIRAJ Muslim Festival celebrating ascent of Muhammad into Heaven
  • JAPANESE NEW YEAR - 3 day festival
  • LOHRI, the Hindu Bonfire Festival, celebrated early January

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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